By Daniel Starza Smith

How and why did women and men ship handwritten poetry, drama, and literary prose to their buddies and social superiors within the 17th century-and what have been the implications of those communications? inside this tradition of manuscript book, why did John Donne (1572-1631), an writer who tried to restrict the movement of his works, turn into the main transcribed author of his age? John Donne and the Conway Papers examines those questions in nice element. Daniel Starza Smith investigates a seventeenth-century archive, the Conway Papers, so as to clarify the connection among Donne and the archive's vendors, the Conway relatives. Drawing on a tremendous volume of basic fabric, he situates Donne's writings in the broader workings of manuscript move, from the instant a scribe pointed out a resource textual content, throughout the technique of transcription and onwards to the social ramifications of this literary flow.

John Donne and the Conway Papers deals the 1st full-length research of 3 generations of the Conway kinfolk among Elizabeth's succession and the top of the Civil warfare, explaining what the Conway Papers are and the way they have been accrued, how the archive got here to include a focus of manuscript poetry by way of Donne, and what the importance of this truth is, by way of seventeenth-century politics, patronage, and tradition. solutions to those questions solid new mild at the early transmission of Donne's verse and prose. all through, John Donne and the Conway Papers emphasizes the significance of Donne's closest neighbors and earliest readers--such as George Garrard, Rowland Woodward, and Sir Henry Goodere--in the dissemination of his poetry. Goodere specifically emerges as a key agent within the early stream of Donne's verse, and this publication deals the 1st sustained account of his literary activities.

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